Ottawa limits caffeine in energy drinks

Medical community had urged stricter regulations

Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced Thursday that Ottawa will start limiting the amount of caffeine contained in energy drinks such as Red Bull and Monster. The changes introduced by Health Canada will also include new warnings to be placed on the beverages. However, Aglukkaq resisted pressure from the medical community, which had called for even stricter regulations, including that the drinks be sold only to those over 18 and only under the supervision of pharmacists. Health Canada will instead cap the caffeine content in the drinks at a maximum of 180 milligrams per single-serve container, or the equivalent of five regular cans of Pepsi.

The Globe and Mail

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